Looking at 6 different potential Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation combinations

The Brewers rotation will look different than recent years, but how will it be assembled?

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Milwaukee Brewers 2024 starting rotation combinations: Ground Ball Guys

The Milwaukee Brewers have a roster with a lot of guys who can get ground balls, which is beneficial given that they play in a stadium that can find fly balls going over the fence. If the Brewers built a lineup for ground balls, it would look like this:

(Ground ball percentages are 2023 unless otherwise noted)

1. Freddy Peralta (47.8 GB%)
2. Wade Miley (47.4 GB%) - 2023 was his career low
3. Aaron Ashby (57.4 GB%) - 2022
4. DL Hall (48.9 GB%) - Career number to increase sample size
5. Joe Ross (44.7 GB%) - 2021
6. Colin Rea (44.1 GB%)

Going through these potential combinations really begins to show that guys like Aaron Ashby and DL Hall could be real assets for the Milwaukee Brewers at the back end of the rotation.

Milwaukee Brewers 2024 starting rotation combinations: Low On Base

The last combination I'll be looking at is the lowest allowed walks and hits per inning pitched (WHIP) to keep guys on base. Freddy Peralta and Wade Miley lead the charge:

(WHIP numbers are 2023 unless otherwise noted)

1. Freddy Peralta (1.12 WHIP)
2. Wade Miley (1.14 WHIP)
3. Colin Rea (1.19 WHIP)
4. Joe Ross (1.22 WHIP) - 2021
5. Jakob Junis (1.29 WHIP)
6. Evan McKendry (1.27 WHIP)

Basing the rotation on WHIP for the Brewers would be another logical way to justify bringing up McKendry to the starting rotation instead of inserting Aaron Ashby (1.43 WHIP in 2022) or DL Hall (1.39 career WHIP).

Gasser is essentially the same as McKendry, just behind with a 1.28 WHIP in Triple-A last season. Misiorowski has a little bit of work to do on limiting baserunners as his 1.57 WHIP is inflated slightly by his 15.0 walk percentage last season.

All in all, the starting rotation is not likely to be fully decided until spring training is well underway and we get a sense of who will start and who will be coming out of the bullpen. That said, the rotation will almost certainly be made up of some combination of these aforementioned players.

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